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Deanna de Azevedo
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Post your question(s) here!

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You can also create your own (specific) topic by going back to the MAIN LEVEL of the Camtasia/Snagit forum.

 

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Isabel Anievas-Gamallo
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Ok, so I am trying to get ready to record an editable video from scratch with Snagit and Camtasia screenshots and short videos and I am going to try the recommended method of recording the screen shots and short videos first and add the narration later (instead of my usual method: record my screen while I speak, hope for the best, rinse and repeat 😉

But before I do that I would like to know how to do one simple effect that I see the trainers use in the Camtasia certificate all the time: they add an orange or green rectangular to highlight part of the screen, one side of the rectangular at a time (so, it is not just adding a shape, it is like a dynamic effect).

I have recorded a short example below. In this short video we see the trainer zooming in the screen and then adding the green rectangular shape one side at a time. 

How can I do that?

Thank you!

 

 

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Deanna de Azevedo
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@isabel-anievas 

I made a video for you and was just about to post it when we lost power at our house! I will post as soon as we have power back and hopefully, Aaron will post a video too. 

Look under Annotations > Sketch Motion (squiggly line icon).

 

If you still have questions after videos are posted, let me know. I’ll plan to demonstrate this at the Brown Bag tomorrow.

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Aaron Garner
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I'm headed out the door, but I can show you how to do later this evening.  It's not that hard.

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Isabel Anievas-Gamallo
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That would be great! Thank you 🙂

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Aaron Garner
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Here you go.  I did this quickly so let me know if something isn't clear.

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Hi @aaron-garner,

Great video. It never would have occurred to me to use SHIFT + ANCHOR POINT to change the proportions of a shape. Another interesting choice by Camtasia/Techsmith! In my experience, majority of software uses SHIFT + ANCHOR POINT to scale proportionately.

Anyway. Thank you!

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@deanna-de-azevedo Yeah, that's a great time saver.  It's a pretty standard feature in a lot of programs so I always just try it.  Glad to see Camtasia adopted that feature.  Great video by the way.

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Hi Isabel,

@aaron-garner and my video are nearly identical. I appreciate that Aaron mentioned SHIFT + ANCHOR POINT to change proportions on the rectangle; my video shows a different way to change the proportions. (Thank you @aaron-garner!)

Apologies that my video cuts off at the end. Happy to explore this more tomorrow at Brown Bag, if you like.

 

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Isabel Anievas-Gamallo
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Thank you both! That is great! Got it! It did not occur to me that it would be the squiggy line icon 😉

Thank you so much!

Maybe I can salvage some of my outdated videos with some simple editing?

You guys are the best! Thank you so much!

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You're quite welcome.  Glad we could help. I think we can now officially call you a fellow geek!!  Smile  

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Isabel Anievas-Gamallo
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I am not quite there yet 😉

But that was really helpful!

Thanks 🙂

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@isabel-anievas One last thing I forgot to mention.  You can add a beginning and ending transition to make the entrance and exit of the box a little more artful.  I usually just use a fade.

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Isabel Anievas-Gamallo
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Oh, thank you Aaron! I will have to try that next 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

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@isabel-anievas I looked at your example again and realized that the clip also zooms into a section while drawing a box.  Here is one way you can accomplish that in Camtasia.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Edit:  My example is using a static image so moving the duplicated clip doesn't matter, but if it's a video, you would need to leave the smaller clip in the same position after you paste it.  In other words don't move it once it is duplicated otherwise the two clips will not line up.  Another way to look at it is, if there is movement in the clip, don't change the positioning.  Hope that makes sense.

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Isabel Anievas-Gamallo
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Thank you so much Aaron! Very cool! I definitely need to play around with this!

Thanks again 🙂 I really appreciate it!

Isabel 

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